For Democrats in the 14th Congressional District, the primary is a very different kind of contest. Rep. Mike Doyle, 60, of Forest Hills, who has served in the House for 20 years, is being challenged for the party nomination by Janis C. Brooks of North Versailles, who opposed him two years ago.
During an interview with the candidates in 2012, Post-Gazette editors were puzzled why the pastor and social services provider would seek the nomination. Her liberal positions on issues were similar to Mr. Doyle’s, she did not criticize the quality of his service and she failed to articulate why she should be chosen over someone with two decades of House seniority. She said simply that she “would be a voice for the voiceless.